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Foodborne illnesses are a significant public health problem, with an estimated 5.4 million food poisoning cases in Australia recorded each year.

One fifth of these cases are linked to poor food practices in the home. Food poisoning can range from an upset stomach to serious illness and even hospitalisation.

Following a few preventative measures, including keeping food at the right temperature and observing basic food hygiene practices, can significantly reduce your chances of food poisoning.

The consumer pages of our website provide some useful advice and resources for preventing your risk of food poisoning.

Tip of the month

It is important to maintain an optimum temperature inside your fridge. Less than ideal settings can reduce the storage life of food and leads to the growth of bacteria causing food poisoning. The ideal setting for your fridge temperature is between 0 - 5°C.

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